Eoin Morgan remained diplomatic when asked about the most embarrassing teammate in the England dressing room - but still got a laugh at the expense of bowler Jade Dernbach.
The Surrey paceman was highlighted for his individual style of celebrating after taking a wicket, most notably on the tour of Pakistan when he tried to take his shirt off and slid on his knees.
Speaking to GiveMeSport as part of a Q&A for his Facebook page, Morgan was joined by teammate Steven Finn, who put the questions to the left-handed batsman and also joined in the fun.
“There’s not that many embarrassing people in the team. When bowlers take wickets and stuff, they go off and do their own thing, but Jade Dernbach used to have his own little celebration," the Middlesex star responded with a smile.
"He’d be in his own zone, and you sort of don’t know whether to go and celebrate with him or not.”
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“There was the time against Pakistan, when he tried to take his top off. It’s not embarrassing, but it’s just like you don’t know whether to go up to him or not…it’s more funny than embarrassing, but it’s good for the game.”
Finn, who had hinted that he might have nominated a few people had the question come his way, was quick to recall the incident in Pakistan, pointing out that Dernbach’s ribs proved to be a stumbling block over what could have been a memorable moment on tour.
“He couldn’t get the shirt up over his ribs could he, and then he tried to do a knee slide on the advertising mat.”
Morgan and Finn were speaking ahead of England’s tour of Sri Lanka, with the duo expected to play a key part in the ODIs before the tri-series against Australia and India. After that, it’s the World Cup in Australia.
Dernbach is not in the squad for tour to Sri Lanka, but will hope to force his way back into international recognition at the next opportunity.
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